Dementia & Memory Loss

With the growing number of people living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia in Washington, Aging & Long Term Care is working to help make our region more dementia-friendly. Our goal is to improve the lives of those living with memory loss, their caregivers, and their loved ones.

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Individual & Caregiver Support

Living with dementia or caring for a loved one experiencing memory loss? Whether you are just wondering and worried, or have a diagnosis, we are here for you. If you are an individual or a caregiver looking for memory loss support, contact our Community Living Connections program at 509-960-7281.

Our Dementia Care Specialist can assist you with:
  • Identifying early signs and symptoms of dementia
  • Understanding your options for care
  • Planning for the future
  • Connecting you to local resources
  • Assessments for concerning cognitive changes
  • Individualized coaching on how to talk with your physician and home safety

Interested in an in-home consultation service for behavioral challenges? The STAR-C program was designed to help caregivers for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. This program is ideal for caregivers who want to keep the individual with memory loss at home for as long as they can. We are excited to offer this program at no cost! If interested in STAR-C, contact Community Living Connections at 509-960-7281.

Trainings & Education

Become a Dementia Friend

A Dementia Friend learns about memory loss and then turns that understanding into action. We all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend by attending a one-hour information session, learn more about this program and join the movement today!
Become a Dementia Friend

Community Education

Aging & Long Term Care works with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide local community education, support groups, and Memory Cafés. If you are living with dementia or are a care partner for someone living with memory loss, the Alzheimer’s Association has many programs and resources that can help. Trainings are offered in-person and virtually. All of these trainings and resources are free and open to the public.

Visit the Alzheimer’s Association – Washington State Chapter website for:

Professional Education

Free professional education is available for businesses and organizations. These can be offered on a one-time basis or as part of Aging & Long Term Care’s monthly training series. Reach out if you are interested by calling the Dementia Team at (509) 458-2509 and asking for the Dementia Resource Catalyst, filling out the form on our Contact Us page, or emailing

We offer dementia trainings to any business/organization, including:

  • Medical professionals – We have evidence-based and evidence-informed trainings focused on medical professionals that include topics like Early Dementia Detection, The Diagnosis Process, Communicating with People Living with Dementia, and Understanding Dementia Behaviors.
  • Any public-facing business or organization – If you work with members of the public who might be living with dementia or caring for someone living with dementia (chances are you do!), we recommend that you schedule one of our staff or train-the-trainer sessions.

The Spokane Regional Dementia Friendly Community

Spokane is an official member of the Dementia Friendly America® community!

The Spokane Regional Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) is a group of local organizations and community volunteers that are working together to make our region more respectful toward and informed about memory loss, and offer support that fosters quality of life. If interested in learning more about this group or volunteering, click on the button below.
Spokane Regional DFC

Resources and Partners

Washington State Dementia Roadmap  |  Spanish  |  Russian

Spokane County Library Memory Cafés Dementia-friendly Spokane & Its Built Environment Neuropsychology and Aging laboratory Community Living Connections Resources Community Living Connections at Aging & Long Term Care Dementia Friends USA Dementia Friendly America Providence ElderPlace Providence Health & Services Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Covia Well Connected Dementia Action Collaborative Mind Your Risks Dementia Legal Planning Toolkit Dementia Training for Healthcare Professionals Project Echo Dementia with UW Medicine